Press Release

THE UN JOINT STATEMENT ON THE DELAY OF THE PASSING OF THE SEXUAL VIOLENCE BILL (RUU TPKS)

17 December 2021

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We regret the decision of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Indonesia (DPR-RI) to delay the passing of the sexual violence crime bill (RUU TPKS).

The delay is a setback to the tireless advocacy and dedication of civil society and women's rights activists, who have long fought for a comprehensive legal umbrella that protects the rights of victims and survivors of sexual violence. And ultimately, the delay affects all women, girls, and survivors of sexual violence in Indonesia who have been waiting for legal reform towards the elimination of sexual violence.

Along with the new Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology Regulation (Permendikbud) No. 30/2021 on Preventing and Addressing Sexual Violence in Universities, we trust that the passing of the bill would send the strong message that there is zero-tolerance for violence against women and girls in Indonesia.

Today, the UN reaffirms its support for the government of Indonesia and civil society in the protection of the rights of women and girls in accordance with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). We must continue to work together against gender-based violence as an integral part of the 2030 (Sustainable Development Goals) agenda adopted by all member states. We cannot afford to rest until we get there.

 

UN Resident Coordinator - Valerie Julliand

UNFPA Representative - Anjali Sen

UN WOMEN Representative and Liaison to ASEAN - Jamshed Kazi

THE UN JOINT STATEMENT ON THE DELAY OF THE PASSING OF THE SEXUAL VIOLENCE BILL (RUU TPKS)

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